Nearly two dozen SMART Local 100 sheet metal apprentices graduated to journeyworkers on Saturday, October 21 at a ceremony at Martin's Crosswinds in Prince George's County. "These graduates now have a lifetime of great work ahead of them, and the chance to build good union careers in the sheet metal industry," said Training Director Norbert Klusmann. "The only way they can go is up!" Four graduates received the Matthew Romeo Award for perfect attendance during a five-year training program which includes 40 hours per week on-the-job instruction and one day every two weeks of classroom instruction. Like most union apprenticeship and training programs, the SMART 100 program is a partnership with the signatory contractor community, and offers an apprenticeship program licensed by the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
photo: CSA Asst. Executive Director Sonte DuCote and SMART 100 Training Director Norbert Klusmann; photo by Kathleen McKirchy